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Author:Baker, Olesya 

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Asset rundown after retirement: the importance of rate of return shocks
The authors provide evidence that households run down their assets after retirement by tracking a group of elderly households over the 1996?2004 period. They find that assets decline for these households approaching the end of the life cycle. Had there not been a run-up in asset prices due in large part to a historically remarkable rise in housing prices, assets would have declined even faster.
AUTHORS: Baker, Olesya; Doctor, Phil; French, Eric
DATE: 2007-04

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Right before the end: asset decumulation at the end of life
Using data from the Asset and Health Dynamics of the Oldest Old survey, the authors find that the assets of people who die decline much faster than the assets of people who survive, even after controlling for age, sex, and initial asset levels. Out-of-pocket medical expenses right before death can deplete the assets of many elderly households and constitute an important reason to keep assets in old age.
AUTHORS: Doctor, Phil; French, Eric; Baker, Olesya; De Nardi, Mariacristina; Jones, John Bailey
DATE: 2006-07

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